Last night was the second biggest party night of the year in Cabarete in celebration of Samana Santa (tonight is supposed to be the biggest). The beach bars were packed and many of them brought in famous DJ’s from around the country. One of the high school students I tutor has connections to Blu (one of the beach bars), and was able to get me a free ticket to the Rachael Starr (www.rachaelstarr.com) concert they were having. I arrived early and since there were not many people there yet, no one was regulating the VIP section, so my friends and I snuck in. As the place started to fill up, I went to the VIP host and told him I lost my VIP wristband, and he actually gave me one! My friends then tried to do the same, but they got caught and kicked out. So I’m in there by myself surrounded by a bunch of people who were getting Grey Goose bottle service and I figure the only thing to do was to see how many free drinks I could get from people. I befriended a guy by introducing him to two girls who I had never met. Of course the guy though I was friends with the girls, and the girls assumed I had met them earlier. I actually don’t think any of them spoke English, but the music was loud enough it didn’t really matter what I said. Everyone was happy, and I got my free drinks.
The eXtreme Crew is a group of individuals from different corners of the planet that share a passion for eXtreme sports, the eXtreme hotel and Cabarete.
The Kite School Manager Sven:
Sven is a Belgian x pro moto cross champion. He is as nice as they come. He knows exactly what to do in any situation, it doesn’t matter what the question or the problem is. You either find Sven behind his desk in the school or you find him ripping the waves on the reef or flying high across the bay. Sven speaks a whole lot of languages and can communicate with more or less anyone. Dutch, English, Spanish, French plus plus… And he’s been in the DR for more than 4 years and can help out with practical tips if needed too.
The Hotel Manager Andrew:
Hailing from Virginia Beach, Andrew practiced his service skills when he owned on of the most popular fine dining restaurants called Create. He came to Cabarete on a 3 month break, and like so many of us, just decided to stay.
He will do what it takes to ensure you have a fun trip.
The Distillery owner, Paul:
Paul is a 3rd generation fish monger, and has a secret recipe for a fish fry that is sure to make your mouth water. After huge success in Toronto, he decided to expand his horizons south, and franchise his parent’s fish fry to compliment the Distillery, where he makes his own ‘hooch’.
El heffe, Robbie:
After falling in love with Cabarete, Robbie decided that the benefits of spending time with family outweigh the money making opportunities in other parts of the world so he chooses to spent his life here (well mom lets them). His passions include all eXtreme sports, exotic fruits and baby Savannah.
Cabarete offers a wide variety of international cuisine, prepared in a variety of setting. There is something for every budget and taste.
Here is a list of some of our favorites:
The Swiss steak House: Run by Christoff, this is a staple for many who live here. Possibly the best steak in town, the pork chop, chicken, cheeseburger and fish are all not to be missed. You can eat easily for $400 RD including a couple drinks. It’s right at the entrance to Cayhon, on the east side beside Bliss.
Jose Luis Chicken: Another cheap option, bbq chicken with yucca and a home made marinade that is fantastic. You can get a 1/4 chicken meal for $RD 75 or a whole chicken for $250. Right on the main road across from Ocean Dream.
Tuesday night Tacos: All you can eat Tacos for $250 RD, in a cool location outside of town. Best to order your drinks after happy hour starts because they can be expensive. In Cabarete East, about 5 min east of Cabarete.
Cafe Pitu: Also a tuesday night special, they offer 2 for 1 pizza. Juan Marco, a local pro kitesurfer, works behind the bar and is great entertainment. They also have a decent vegetarian options. Right on the Cabarete beach, about 2 min walk east of the main drag. $300 RD/person
The German Bayherserhoff: Not exactly healthy, but sure takes good. Specialties include authentic German sausage, schnitzel and potato pancakes. A little hidden, on a poorly lit street just west of the entrance of Cayhon, across from Ocean Dream. $500 RD/person
Clairo: Hands down the best breakfast in town, and a fantastic lunch option as well. The weekly specials are amazing. Try the chocolate Zuccini cake! $300 RD/person.
Ocean Dream Sushi: Authentic sushi prepared by a Japanese chef. What else can we say? $500 RD/person
LAX: The food is OK, the vibe is great. This is the ‘cool place’ that everyone hangs out when in town. The pizza’s are good, and the Thai night is worth visiting. Ask for the specials on drinks. $500RD + / person
Bliss: Right next to the Swiss steak house, at the entrance to Cayhon is this little gem. French inspired and very well presented, you’ll think you’re in the south of France sipping wine beside their pool. The whole menu is great. $1000 RD/person.
Otra Cosas: Right on the beach in a secluded spot at the east end of Cabarete bay, across the street from Velero is this romantic hidden gem. Possibly the cleanest kitchen in the DR, the french dishes and wine selections are absolutely amazing. From $1200 RD/person, but totally worth it.
Naturas Cabanas: Inside Perla Marina, with a little spa on a secluded private beach is the Chilean restaurant serving fantastic sea food. The whole menu is great, especially the pistacio crusted tuna steak. From $800 RD/person
Blue Moon Retreat: A great meal and a fun time. Eat with your hands, Carribbean Indian, all you can eat and fantastic views. Definatly worth the ride. Must book in advance, groups of 8 or more. On the road to Moca, just pas Los Brasos. $800/person
Castle Club: A great evening in a gorgeous house with a lovely couple. Kind of like going to your parents place for dinner, and your parents love to have a good time. Must book in advance, options for dinner, groups of 8 or more. $1000/person
With so much to do, the difficulty is getting enough sleep in between.
If you are active, then Cabarete is an action sports wet dream. World class everything is right here. Surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and tow in surfing are all practiced in Cabarete. Every year the Master of the Ocean competition, brings all disciplines together.
If exploring is your thing, then you can choose from a variety of ways to do it. Mountain bike, motocross, dune buggies, hiking, horseback riding, helicopter rides, white water rafting down the many rivers… the list goes on and on and on.
For nature lovers, try the famous waterfall tours, that take you cascading up 27 falls.
Right behind us is El Choco national park and some great caves to explore:
For the art lover, stroll through the Haitian and Dominican art and craft stalls in town, or take a trip to where they make it all, a short trip over to Puerto Plata.
Unpopulated beaches are only 10 minutes away. Cave and reef diving are all over the place. Kayak the reef, go deep sea or river fishing, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy your tan. This place has somethings for everyone.
People are often asking what are the wind seasons here. To be honest, with all the global warming, weather patterns all over have been mixed up, so there is no guarrenteed wind season. However, there are guarrenteed wind conditions. For example, if the weather is hot enough, then we get a thermal wind. If there is a storm front, then we get storm wind.
Here are some general guidelines to the weather during the seasons.
WIND, WEATHER AND WAVES:
|Fall||nice||rashie||storm styems mostly 8-18 K||primo 3-12 ft||12-18 and a surfboard|
|Winter||dare I say cool?||wet suit top||thermals kick in 10-20 K||primo 3-12 ft||10-16|
|Spring||getting hot in here||rashie||storms and thermals 10-25K||good 2-6 ft||8-16|
|Summer||sweating my butt off||naked||pumping. 15-25K||good 2-8 ft||8-12|
But the best course of action in Cabarete is to enojoy more than one of Cabarete`s multiple sprots. There are many ways to get on a board, either kiteboarding, surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, tow in surfing…. that way every day is a chance to improve your skills!
The major airports in the Dominican Republic
- Puerto Plata Airport (POP) is 20 km and $35 taxi away from Cabarete.
- Santiago Airport (STI) is 80km through the mountains, $90 taxi
- Santo Domingo(SDQ) is 200km through the mountains and $175 taxi.
- Punta Cana (PUJ) is 450km and a local flight $140.
Some guidelines looking for flights
From Canada: Selloffvacationshas charter flights. Try also Air Transat, Skyservice, Sunwing, and Air Canada. Westjet also has seasonal service. You can get one way tickets back to Canada at the airport or by calling Air Transat at 809-970-2121. Flight center also has some good deals on flights. Quebec city is serviced by Canjet, Skyservice and Air Transat. Air Transat flies direct from Vancouver once a week in season, and Calgary
From Miami: American has flights for $400 return. Spirit is also an alternative
From other Carribean islands: Liat is a good option. Copa flies to Jamaica, Panama and other Central Americans and Carribbean islands. From St. Martin try DAE or Insel Air which both connect on to many of the leeward islands
From the UK: Charter flights and Thomas Cook. Last minute from $300.
From South America: Aeropostal via Venezuela has great connection and prices
From Punta Cana: Takeoff flies for $150 daily. Book in advance because they book out!
From France: Corsair and other charters.
- Don’t forget your PASSPORT
- Confirm your flight
- Bring $10 USD for your Tourist Card
- Check out to find your accommodation
Puerto Plata Airport: +1.809.586.0175
Santiago Airport: +1.809.233.8000
Santo Domingo Airport: +1.809.542.0160
Punta Cana Aiport: +1.809.668.4749